Upgrading Ubuntu from the desktop is easy. Just few clicks can get you up and running. This brief tutorial is going to show you how to do it easily.
STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR DESKTOP FOR UPGRADE.
Before upgrading, go and first update your machine. You may also want to do a backup of your critical information just in case something goes wrong. To update Ubuntu, open the Unity Desktop and search for Software Updater as shown in the image below.
When Software Updater opens, make sure your systems is fully updated. You should see a message that reads “the software on this computer is up to date”
STEP 2: CHANGE UBUNTU UPDATE NOTIFICATIONS
When you validating your system is fully updated, click on Settings
That will open Ubuntu software repository page. From the Update tab, select the highlighted section below.
Notify me of a new Ubuntu version: For any new version
When you change that, click Close.
Back to Software Updater, click Close there too.
STEP 3: REOPEN SOFTWARE UPDATER
Next, open Software Updater again so Ubuntu can update its repositories. After Software Updater is reopened, you should now see a message that a new that version is available to install. Click the Upgrade button to begin upgrading Ubuntu.
STEP 4: UPGRADING UBUNTU
Next read the Release Notes about this version and click Upgrade button to continue.
After that, click Start Upgrade button to really begin the process.
Wait for Ubuntu to finish downloading and installing all newer software packages. When everything is done, Ubuntu will prompt you to restart your computer. Do it and you will have upgraded Ubuntu.